Get Party Ready With These Colourful Makeup Looks

22 Dec 2017 by Chew Hui Ling

The holiday season is officially upon us! Whether you’re hanging out with the girls or hitting the town for a glam night out, these bold statement looks are sure to turn heads wherever you go. Let the party begin!

#1 Seeing Red


There’s just something about a classic red lip that gives you an instant dash of Hollywood glam. We’re obsessed with this RiRi- approved shade of crimson, which looks even more amazing paired with mahogany-toned eyeshadow brushed across the lids.

Get the look:

(From left to right) Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, $36, Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in Outlaw, $28, Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in Bang, $39, Tarte Tarteist Metallic Shadow in Revel, $22

#2 Pretty In Pink


With millennial pink having a major moment now, why not try a monochromatic take
on the trend? To match your high-gloss pucker, sweep on a vibrant wash of pink high on the cheekbones and over your lids for a flushed yet dewy look.

Get the look:

(From left to right) 3CE Face Blush in Shy Shy, $30, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Lilac Geode, $62, Canmake Candy Wrap Lip in Cherry Sherbet, $13.17, Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Softlight, $52

#3 Feeling Blue


Blue is one of the most intimidating hues to pull off, but it makes for an edgy and striking look when done right. If you aren’t quite daring enough to go all out with a single shade of blue, try blending in similar cool tones such as lilac or turquoise across your peepers for a multi-dimensional effect. Let your eyes do the talking!

Get the look:

(From left to right) Make Up For Ever Artist Rogue Lipstick in Matte Brick Red, $35, NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow in Blue Jeans, $10, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dazzled, $47, Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette, $72

#4 Yellow Fever


For a wearable twist on the golden hue, go for colours with yellow undertones such as corals and nudes that are flattering on every skin tone. Dab on a shimmery eyeshadow, pucker up with an apricot pout and paint a tiny heart under your eye for a cheeky accent – and you’re all set!

Get the look:

(From left to right) Etude House Be My Universe Multi Palette in Golden Galaxy, $25.90, Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Oil Lip Gloss in Peach, Please!, $29, 3INA Eye Gloss 502, $23, NARS Single Eyeshadow Shimmer Finish in Night Star, $38

Photography: Vicky Andhika
Hair and makeup: Gigi Sng using Urban Decay Cosmetics
Art direction and styling: Chew Hui Ling
Model: Julia P / Mannequin

This article was adapted from the December 2017 issue of Teenage.

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Even the best of us have struggled with our brows, and as a result many techniques and products have been developed to combat various brow issues. But this new eyebrow-raising (no pun intended) hack might just be one for the Brow Hack Hall of Fame. 

Aptly captioned “Tag a mate with no eyebrows”, a video showing a few girls drawing in their brows quickly made the rounds on social media. But it wasn’t their sparse brows that drew attention; it was the ingenious method they used to draw in fierce arches that left people gasping. And all they needed was an item that could be used to draw a straight line, such as a tweezer, bobby pin or even a toothpick. 

If you wanna try your hand at this look, simply load brow product on your weapon of choice and carve out your desired brow shape before filling it in as you normally would. It looks easy enough when the girls do it, but we imagine you’ll need ample practice (and steady hands) to attain this level of precision. 

Think this hack is weird? Check out some of these other hacks that are truly off the charts: 

Food as makeup


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No need to worry about leaving your makeup kit behind – turns out you can use food as makeup too. While it’s definitely not a practical option, Raychel used a Snickers bar to contour her mug, raw beet as a lip stain and cocoa powder to fill in her brows… you get our drift. 

Soaped up Brows

Ran out of brow mascara? Reach for a bar of soap instead. Shared by cult beauty brand, Anastasia Beverly Hills, all you’ve gotta do is load up a clean spooley with bar soap and gently brush it out. 

Wasabi lip fillers


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Lip plumpers have been all the rage ever since Kylie Jenner’s lips made their beauty debut, but this wasabi method definitely tops the wacky list. Taking wasabi straight from the tube, Farah applies it onto her lips and waits for about a minute before she wipes ’em off to reveal lush pink lips. While dermatologists have said that it’s ‘safe to use in moderation’, we definitely don’t recommend using this ‘hack’. You have been warned! 

Will you try out this brow hack? Let us know in the comment section! Psst: if the struggle is real with your brow situation, check out these basic brow tips from actual brow experts!

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8 Weird Ingredients That Are In Your Beauty Products

4 Dec 2017 by Lynette Goh

There are great lengths we’d go to get the perfect complexion, whether it’s committing to 12-step Korean beauty routines or slapping on a mask every other day. And with the sheer number of ingredients that are used in today’s skincare and cosmetics, it seems inevitable that there’d be some… bizarre ones thrown in the mix. 


We can’t resist a wedge of this fruit on a swelteringly hot day, but who knew this high water content fruit (93% of its flesh is made up of water!) could be used to hydrate and soothe skin as well? Additionally, watermelon is also rich in anti-oxidants, lycopene, Vitamin C and A, which helps slow down the process of ageing. Many beauty brands are starting to infuse their products with this wonder fruit, but Korean beauty brand Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask is a cult favourite that’ll rejuvenate your skin overnight and add radiance and clarity to your skin in the day. 


Yes, you read that correctly – and no, we aren’t talking about the germs that’ll make you break out or make you sick. Using topical skincare products that contain probiotics (which are basically the good type of bacteria) can help to calm inflamed complexions, rebuild the skin’s “eco system” and strengthen skin’s barrier. For those with blemish-prone skin, check out IDS Skincare’s DermProbiotic, a probiotic powder (used together with IDS’ Probiotic Mask) to prevent acne-causing bacteria from causing flareups. 


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Say whaaaaaat? Famous stars and idols including Kim Kardashian, Bar Refaeli and Fern McCann all swear by this beauty procedure that uses nothing but the patient’s own blood. It is a regenerative therapy called Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy that makes use of the platelets in the blood to repair damaged blood vessels and cells. They are like little powerhouses that releases proteins for growth when in contact with the body’s tissue. PRP is known to improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars and stretch marks, rejuvenate the under-eye area, tighten stubborn open pores and plump up areas that would usually need fillers. It’s pretty expensive, but these stars swear by it. 


More common in beauty products than you’d think, crushed fish scales create a natural and nontoxic material called Guanine – it emits a pearlescent effect that is used in many lipsticks, nail polishes, shampoos, fragrances and more, for a gorgeous sheen. Butter London Nail Lacquer is an example of a nail polish line that uses fish scales in its products. 


A mainstay in many popular skincare formulas – think SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence, Kiehl’s Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate and more –yeast is filled with amino acids, proteins, minerals, antioxidants and tons of other skin-loving ingredients. When infused into a topical treatment, this ingredient can help to maintain and improve quality of skin, boost moisture retention and stimulate collagen and elastin production. 



The name ‘Tiger Grass’ comes from knowing that tigers roll themselves in the herb plant to heal their trauma wounds and infections. The power lies in the leaf’s water that is known to have an immediate soothing effect and can even encourage new skin cell growth, making it one of the best products to be lathered on your face overnight, and Dr Jart+’s Cicapair Serum does exactly that to give you the skin of your dreams overnight. However, that is not all this plant has to offer – it is a great ingredient in colour correcting formulas, evident from Dr Jart+’s Cicapair Tiger Grass Colour Correcting Treatment that is a cult favourite amongst many, hailing it as the ultimate miracle worker for uneven skin tone and pesky redness. 


Called uguisu no fun (and its literal translation as “nightingale feces”), this part of geishas’ skincare routine can surely attribute its effectiveness with their smooth and bright complexions. Wait, this is not just any ordinary bird’s droppings but that of the Japanese nightingales. This facial mask claims to have anti-aging properties and is highly effective in treating acne scars. Famous stars who have used it include Victoria Beckham, Tom Cruise and Harry Styles. If you are worried about the sanitary levels of the product, you’ll be glad to know it isn’t necessary – the birds’ droppings are treated with ultraviolet light to ensure it’s safe enough to use, and then mixed with some rice bran that will exfoliate your skin. 


As ludicrous as it sounds, bee venom is known in the beauty world as the “nature’s answer to Botox’ because it can help boost collagen levels in skin. Research has proven that Purified Bee Venom is a potent combination of enzymes, peptides and amino acids that work on all levels of the skin to encourage naturally occurring cell regeneration, boost collagen formation, accelerate the recovery of damaged skin cells and help treat acne too. Because the venom has been purified and treated, the contaminants are removed and you get a safe treatment for your skin. This formula from Rodial enhances your skin’s elasticity and reduces signs of anti-aging too. 

Featured image: Anthony Tran on Unsplash

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The most essential step of your skincare routine, a good facial cleanser ensures that all traces of makeup, oil and dirt buildup is removed without stripping skin of moisture. As part of our Teenage Beauty Awards 2017, here’s a list of 16 effective yet gentle cleansers for you to choose from. 

Garnier Pure Active Matcha De-Tox Foam, $5.90

garnier proNeed a thorough cleansing for even brighter and clearer skin? Garnier’s Pure Active Matcha De-Tox Foam will do just that. Containing matcha extract, which is a powerful antioxidant, this cleanser dissolves oil, brightens dullness and cleanses pores from deep within. Great for oily and breakout-prone skin, it’s also formulated with salicylic acid, which reduces excess oil by up to 96% and helps to prevent acne. 

SENKA Perfect Whip, $7.90

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The SENKA Perfect Whip is a facial cleanser that leaves your skin feeling moist and smooth due its highly-moisturising, naturally-derived silk essence and double hyaluronic acid compound. The silk essence is newly-formulated with hydrolysed silk, and works to protect the skin from various external irritants and it continues to restore this barrier so that it will guard the skin well in the long term. Perfect for those with dry skin, this cleanser ensures squeaky clean skin without stripping away the moisture on your face. 

Hada Labo AHA+BHA Exfoliating Face Wash, $13.90hada labo proA mild daily exfoliating face wash that will give you baby soft skin without being too harsh on your complexion, this Hada Labo gem has a Triple Anti-Pollution Formula (comprising Moringa seed extract, Phytic acid and Biosaccharide gum-4) which removes external pollutants, reduces damage and protects skin. Simply lather up and cleanse away! 

Skinfood Honey Flour Cleansing Foam, $16.90skinfood proThe Skinfood Honey Flour skincare line has four different types of cleansing foams – Moist, Sensitive, Fresh and Brightening. The Moist version helps to keep moisture in the skin intact, Sensitive has anti-inflammatory properties and it is so gentle children can use it too, Fresh is packed with wheat flour that absorbs sebum and impurities, and lastly Brightening is a scrub and foam cleanser packed in one product that helps you exfoliate your skin by scrubbing off the dead skin cells. 

shu uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil, $65

shu uemura proIf you’ve always followed the double cleanse method, and find it a hassle on nights when you are just too tired to bother, then this Shu Uemura cleansing oil does just the job well. The formula really removes all sort of makeup; long-wearing, waterproof, you name it. The aftermath? Your skin is soft, supple, and it feels like it’s being moisturised and cared for till the next morning. 

ORBIS Powder Wash +, $25orbis proSpecially-formulated with two different enzymes – protease and lipase – the ORBIS Powder Wash tackles the old keratin and sebum components of keratin plugs, effectively targeting and breaking them down in order to rid them off our pores. It comes in powder form but turns to a really dense foam when in contact with water. Do not be fooled, because this formula helps exfoliate your skin gently and removes blackheads over time too. 

ETUDE HOUSE Soon Jung pH 6.5 Whipped Cleanser, $17.90

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The pH 6.5 Whipped Cleanser contains 98% plant-derived ingredients, the highest in the entire Soon Jung line, that ensures enhanced skin protection. This gentle skincare line is specially designed for those with sensitive skin and experience daily skin problems due to stress or dust. The pH level of 6.5 helps balance out your skin and works to prevent less breakouts with red, painful pimples.  

The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash, $20.90

thebodyshop proA mild cleanser enriched with Vitamin E to help condition and protect the skin, this product will leave your skin feeling like it has been thoroughly cleansed, whilst retaining its natural oils. It removes light makeup along with excess oil and unwanted impurities. Suitable for sensitive to dry skin types, it’s a joy to know that The Body Shop doesn’t test their products on animals. 

Biore Marshmallow Whip Facial Wash, $13.90

biore proThe one thing that makes Biore’s facial wash stands out is its new unique pump technology that forms finer and denser micro bubbles which makes the foam more stable. This allows the foam to preserve its fluffiness for a longer period of time so it can penetrate deep into the pores to remove all dirt, oil and impurities without drying out the skin. It saves the hassle of you lathering your own foam, which may not be fine enough for a thorough cleanse.

Skin Inc Pure Prodew Cleansing Foam, $72 

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Quite extraordinary, this smart triple-action cleanser brightens, hydrates and cleanses in one quick, easy step. Containing eight kinds of amino acids and soybean extract, the ingredients reduce dullness by deep cleansing skin, enhancing skin cells’ metabolism and plumping skin with moisture. It is suitable for oily and acne-prone skin as well.

LANEIGE Mini Pore Double Clearing Cleansing Foam, $24

laneige proUsing LANEIGE’s Pore Refining Technology, this cleansing foam is formulated with Mint Water that moisturises and provides relief, and pore-refining ingredients like Cypress Extract and Pine Needles. These ingredients work together to provide a soothing effect while controlling sebum production to make your skin feel clean and fresh. 

ASTALIFT Lunamer AC Fibre Foam, $31

astalift proThe ASTALIFT Lunamer AC Fibre Foam is a gentle foam facial wash that contains extremely fine fibres that penetrate deep into pores to remove sebum, dirt and acne- causing bacteria. It produces a rich lather for a gentle, through cleanse and a clean, smooth finish. Tip: use the given foaming net for better results!

Curél Foaming Wash, $19.80

curel proSimilar to the Biore Marshmallow Whip, Curél’s Foaming Wash comes in a pump bottle and it saves you trouble from trying to lather your own. Known for its advanced ceramide care technology that helps retain and restore the protective layer of your skin, the formula removes just the right amount of sebum, leaving your skin to feel comfortably dewy. It is best suited for dry skin users. 

Peter Lamas Detoxifying Citrus C Facial Cleanser, $43

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Need a boost? The Detoxifying Citrus C Facial Cleanser invigorates your skin with a potent fusion of natural ingredients; Wheat Protein smoothes and strengthens skin and Vitamin C and Beta Carotene work to detoxify, protect and energize, giving you softer, younger-looking skin. FYI, it’s vegan too! 

THEFACESHOP Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Cleansing Foam, $17 

dr belmeur pro2Part of THEFACESHOP’s first cosmeceutical (cosmetics + pharmaceutical) line, the products in this series aim to help consumers combat dry, sensitive, eczema, oily and acne-proned skin. Hence, you can expect a cleansing foam that is lightweight and gentle, minimising any skin irritation. Moreover, it is especially moisturising and soothing too, perfect for troubled-skin days. 

Estelle & Third BioCleanse 3-in-1 Cleansing Foam, $38

estelle n third proThe BioCleanse skincare line of Swedish brand Estelle & Third, this cleansing foam washes away makeup and impurities with the gentlest touch. Black Elderflower extract that is infused inside helps detox and decognest the skin revealing a refreshed and radiant glow. Overall, this cleanser helps to balance out your skin for a silky, smooth complexion. 

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Get ready to take notes. K-pop mega groups SHINee and Red Velvet were in town last Friday for the Shilla Beauty Concert, and at an earlier media conference held at Changi Airport Terminal 4, they shared some super handy beauty tips on how to look fabulous. So, let’s dive in! 

Being a K-pop idol involves demanding work schedules, dealing with the media, and being there for their loyal fans. Yet amidst all the craziness, every single one of them emerges on and off screen in that perfectly polished and flawless appearance that inspires serious obsession (and envy) among fans. Really, no one knows how to look better than a K-pop star. So, if you’re wondering how they pull it off, we caught up with SHINee and Red Velvet at the media conference for Shilla Beauty Concert. Here’s what they shared about their everyday skincare routine and the must-have items in their makeup bags.


On the beauty product they never travel without

SHINee’s Jonghyun: “I believe that cosmetics are really important, especially the skincare products.”

SHINee’s Key: “And health supplements, like vitamins and omega-3, too.”


On the gift they would pick for a female family member

SHINee’s Jonghyun: “I’ll buy the most expensive product in the store.”

SHINee’s Taemin: “I’ll get the cheapest one. It depends on the person who I’m buying the gift for. Probably cosmetics or wallets.”

SHINee’s Minho: “I’ll ask what the person wants, and I’ll get that for her.”

On what they would love to receive as a Christmas gift

SHINee’s Jonghyun: “I want the most expensive item. Anything that’s pricey.”

Red Velvet’s Wendy: “I think anything is perfect because it’s Christmas. Christmas gifts are always perfect, no matter what.”


On maintaining beautiful skin

Red Velvet’s Joy: “I wear a mask every morning. It should be chilled to help with the swelling of my face in the morning.”

Red Velvet’s Seulgi: “We wear heavy makeup on stage, so I think the most important part of the skincare routine is cleansing. I take a lot of care in choosing my cleanser.”

Red Velvet’s Yeri: “You need to eat a lot of good food. I love meat.”


On the beauty items they have at home

Red Velvet’s Joy: “I’ve a lot of moisturising creams. If I apply a thick layer of moisturising cream at night, my skin becomes better in the morning.”

On a must-have beauty item for men

SHINee’s Key: “Nowadays it’s not uncommon to see men wearing not just skincare products, but also BB and CC creams.”


On how to stay fresh during a long flight

SHINee’s Key: “I always carry a comfortable set of pyjamas with me. Of course, I can’t give up on looking good at the airport, so I’ll change into my pyjamas after getting on the plane.”

SHINee’s Taemin: “If I sleep throughout the flight, I think I can better handle jet-lag.”

Featured image: The Shilla Duty Free Singapore | Text and additional images: Priscilla Wu 

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